Forms to Ask for Protection

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Forms that ask the court for protection against domestic violence:

If you live in Contra Costa County, California, you will also need:

  • Ex Parte TRO Intake Form (Cases with Children) (a local court form)
    (Form FamLaw-213Opens new window

If it helps, you may use this form to explain your situation:

  • Description of Abuse (Form DV-101Opens new window

If you have children
with the person you want protection from, click here for more forms you need to fill out.

When you file for a Restraining Order, you can also file for a Temporary Restraining Order to cover the time until the court has issued a "Restraining Order After Hearing."  Click here for these forms.

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